Ron Simmons

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Ron Simmons
Ring name(s) Ron Simmons[1]
Faarooq Asad[1]
Faarooq[1]
Billed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[2]
Billed weight 270lb[2]
Born May 15, 1958 (1958-05-15) (age 56)[1]
Perry, Georgia
Resides Marietta, Georgia[2]
Billed from Warner Robins, Georgia
Trained by Hiro Matsuda[1]
Debut October 1986[1][2]
Retired 2010[1]

Ronald "Ron" Simmons[1] (born May 15, 1958)[1] is an American retired professional wrestler and American football player. He competed under his real name and the ring names Faarooq Asaad and Faarooq. He is currently signed to the WWE under a Legends program.

He competed in the National Wrestling Association (NWA), World Championship Wrestling (WCW), Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) and World Wrestling Federation / Entertainment (WWF/E). During his time in WCW, he became the first African American to win the World Heavyweight Championship when he defeated Big Van Vader on August 2, 1992.[3] In the WWF, he is known for being one-half of the Acolytes Protection Agency along with Bradshaw and was also a member of The Nation of Domination. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by Bradshaw in 2012.

Simmons played college football at Florida State University. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008.[4] He played one season in the National Football League (NFL) with the Cleveland Browns and one season in the Canadian Football League (CFL) with the Ottawa Rough Riders.

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